St. Clare of Assisi
Time to Act
Time to Act
Then Jesus said to them, "I ask you, is it lawful to do good on the sabbath rather than to do evil, to save life rather than to destroy it?" Luke 6:9
When Jesus encountered a man whose right hand was withered. The scribes and the Pharisees were on watch to find a charge against Jesus. When he performed the cure, they were infuriated. Such reactions hurt Jesus deeply. The simple truth is doing good is acceptable at all times but they refuse to accept it. There is no bad time to do good and there is no good time to do evil. Today is September 11, the day we, Americans, “never forget” the work of evil has been having an impact in our life. Every time I go through T.S.A. (Transport Security Administration) screening at the airport, I always take time to pray for those who harbor evil thoughts that capable of doing harm to humanity. I pray that God will change their evil minds and hearts to good so that they can serve God and their neighbors. The work of evil is still active in our world. “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing,” said Edmund Burke. Now is a good time to do good no matter wherever you are. Act it now! For St Paul said, “Do not be conquered by evil but conquer evil with good.” Romans 12:21 May your good works bear fruit abundantly.
Deliver me, LORD, from the wicked; / preserve me from the violent, / From those who plan evil in their hearts, / who stir up conflicts every day, / Who sharpen their tongue like a serpent, / venom of asps upon their lips. / Keep me, LORD, from the clutches of the wicked; / preserve me from the violent, / who plot to trip me up. / The arrogant have set a trap for me; / they have spread out ropes for a net, / laid snares for me by the wayside. / I say to the LORD: You are my God; / listen, LORD, to the words of my / leas. / LORD, my master, my strong deliverer, / you cover my head on the day of armed conflict. / LORD, do not grant the desires of the wicked one; / do not let his plot succeed. / Those who surround me raise their heads; / may the mischief they threaten overwhelm them. / Drop burning coals upon them; / cast them into the watery pit never more to rise. / Slanderers will not survive on earth; / evil will hunt down the man of violence to overthrow him. / For I know the LORD will take up the cause of the needy, / justice for the poor. / Then the righteous will give thanks to your name; / the upright will dwell in your presence.
Peace in Christ,
Father Vincent Vuong Nguyen
Sent by Fr. Vincent Nguyen on Monday, September 11 at 7:41AM